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Application Deadlines & Fees

The Certified Professional Organizer® examination windows are during the months of February, June and October. Examination applications must be received no later than five business days prior to the last day of the exam window.


Application Fee

Standard Fee     $450

For refunds and cancellation policies refer to the BCPO® Handbook. 

The Annual Maintenance Fee (AMF) is $100 per year. The first payment is due upon passing the CPO® examination. Payment must be current to maintain the credential. 

Application
At the Testing Site (page 19 in the BCPO Handbook)
Testing Sites (This a list of all potentially available testing sites. They may not all be available on the particular day you wish to test.)

Request for Special Testing Accommodations

The Board of Certification for Professional Organizers® provides special accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1991. If a disability prevents you from taking the examination under normal conditions, you may request special accommodations. You must submit along with your application form a written request for special accommodations that explains the nature of the disability and the type of accommodation you feel is appropriate. In addition, you must provide supporting documentation of the diagnosis from a licensed health care professional.

English as a Second Language

The CPO examination is offered in English only. If English is not your primary language, BCPO® recommends (but does not require) that candidates sit for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®) examination prior to sitting for the CPO® examination. Your scores on the TOEFL will provide a useful gauge for you to determine whether reading and comprehending English will present problems for you on the CPO® examination. 

Scoring & Reporting

The BCPO® examination consists of 125 multiple choice questions with four (4) choices per question. Twenty-five of these questions are included for research purposes only and will not be included in your score. The research questions are not identified; therefore, candidates should answer all questions to the best of their ability. Examination results will be based only on the 100 scored questions on the examination. You have two hours to take the exam.

There are multiple versions of the examination. A weighted review process is in place to ensure that each candidate has an equal opportunity to pass the examination. 

The passing grade is a scaled (weighted) score of 70 out of a possible 100 points on the grading scale (and not merely 70 correct answers out of the 100 non-research questions). Candidates are not required to have a passing score in each of the six domains of the examination.

Re-examination

There is no limit to the number of times unsuccessful candidates may take the examination, provided that all the eligibility requirements in effect at the time of application for re-examination have been met. To apply for re-examination, each time the candidates must complete all required application forms and pay the appropriate examination fees. 

Confidentiality Statement

BCPO® strongly believes in protecting the identity of examination candidates. The BCPO Board of Directors, NAPO Board of Directors and NAPO Headquarters staff members are unaware of the number of times a candidate has taken the exam or their score. All identities are kept confidential until there is a passing score. 

Application Review and Audit

BCPO® is charged with the responsibility for safeguarding the integrity of the CPO® designation. Part of this responsibility entails ensuring that candidates who apply for the certification examination do, in fact, meet the eligibility requirements; therefore, BCPO® is required to audit a certain percentage of all exam candidates. Candidates are randomly selected for audit. In the event of an audit, candidates must be prepared to provide documentation to support their eligibility for the exam.

Logo Usage

Only those who have successfully passed the CPO® examination and certification requirements are authorized to use the Certified Professional Organizer® logo. ;

  • Use of the CPO® logo indicates the Certified Professional Organizer® accepts the terms in the Board of Certification for Professional Organizers® agreement meets the criteria to be a CPO® will maintain certification obligations
  • If you do not maintain your certification, or your CPO® Application Agreement has expired or is terminated, you must immediately discontinue use of the CPO® logo.

CPO® Logo Usage Guidelines

  • The logo may be used upon receiving formal notification from BCPO® that you have successfully completed the certification requirements.
  • The CPO® logo and phrase "Certified Professional Organizer®" shall always be accompanied by the trademark symbol (®) except where prohibited by size constraints (i.e. business cards).
  • The logo may be used on marketing materials such as business cards, letterhead, website, social media and resume only when the name of the CPO® is also present. 
  • The logo may not appear larger or more prominent than the CPO’s name, product or service name, trademark or service mark, logo or trade or company name.
  • The CPO® logo may not be used in any manner that expresses or might imply BCPO's affiliation, sponsorship, endorsement, certification or approval, other than as set forth by the BCPO Application Agreement.
  • The CPO® logo, or any elements thereof, may not be included in the CPO’s trade or business name, domain name, product or service name, logo, trade dress, design, slogan or other trademarks. With approval from BCPO®, non-commercial websites utilizing the CPO® logo within the domain name for purposes of education or promotion of the mark are permitted.
  • The CPO® logo may not be altered. It may not be combined or layered with other logos, text or images. Colors and shape of the CPO® logo may not be changed.
  • The CPO® logo may not be hyperlinked to audio files. 
  • The CPO® logo may not be used as a design feature on any of your product or service materials.
  • The CPO® logo may not be imitated in any manner in your materials.
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